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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I've pulled out my hair since

    before I can remember. I've really tried had for the past year not to pull anymore as I pull it from underneath and my hair never looks like it grows any longer now. When I was little I use to pull it from the top and I ended up with a bald patch!
    monstahmash monstahmash 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 22

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24

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    I started 'picking' when I was about 15,

    just starting high school. I recall on multiple occasions during that time of me picking to the point that I would leave piles of my hair beside my desk on the floor - Not realizing that I had been picking, and becoming very embarrassed. I was blessed with thick hair, so it took...
    JaidIsAWildflower JaidIsAWildflower 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    This is something I really want you all to read.

    Now this isn't something I learned from my therapist. nor some professional. This is something that I discovered deep inside, and it is a weapon for me, against trich. If you're reading this, I want you to take a couple minutes to think hard about the stuff that you're ashamed...
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 11

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    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F Jul 10

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 18-21 4 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    I had no idea it was

    so common. I started around 12..Im 25 now and still pulling. Surely if trichotillmania is this common they must be able to do more studies and find a cure..?
    airhands airhands 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 18

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-18, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    I've had this every since I was in preschool

    and it truly makes me feel insecure....I mean I am a female who has no eyebrows or eyelashes! I look completely hideous...I also get made fun of because I look diffrent from other kids. Girls use to laugh and bully me and take out their makeup bags saying "paint some eyebrows on...
    shecraze shecraze 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    I Have Trichotillomania

    ive been having it since im was 14 years old and i am now about to be 17! ive been suffuring so much its been a real tuffs years especially at school ive always tried to cover it up it use to be jus a small little bald spot and now its half of my top head its really bad i try...
    sintia8 sintia8 16-17 4 Responses Apr 11, 2008

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    This is my first time really ever talking about

    my problem or even seeking out some type of support. I'm 24 years old and have been pulling my hair since I was 5. Nobody really knows how big of a problem it is for me. I've been blessed with crazy amount of thick hair so it hasn't been that noticeable until now. I shaved half...
    Icantcontrolit Icantcontrolit 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    I'm a sophomore in highschool

    and I've had trich for almost 3 years now. I've been doing very good at my pulling and scab picking and since I'm experienced, I'd love to help out the younger ones or newbies before its too late, and befriend other girls my age. I'd hate to see anybody go through what I went...
    AubreeElise AubreeElise 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 16-17 Mar 24

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 21

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    I'm tired of doing this!

    why can't i stop even though i really want to!!? i'm doing this to my self even though i don't want to do it! It all started when i was 14, i don't know exactly how it began, but i know that whenever something was worrying me, whenever my parents and i would fight, suddenly i...
    TheTurtleDove TheTurtleDove 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 25

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    Took my wig off for a growth check.

    I feel great. I still have some work to do. Every year I get better with pulling in this area . I've accepted the fact that no matter how much of my hair grows or doesn't grow back, Trich will always be apart of me. Back when I was 12 this spot was the size of a human palm...
    niko031 niko031 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Ok so I just had my Wisdom teeth out like 2

    days ago and I don't know if it is because of the sedation I was under or just the general stress of having something major like that done but I have been pulling like crazy!!! I usually pull in my sleep but the last couple of days I have caught myself when I'm wide awake...
    KJVgirl92 KJVgirl92 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    I am 17 years old and I have been pulling my

    hair out since I was in fifth grade. I joined this site hoping that I could find people around my age who live near me and have the same problem I do. I wear headbands all of the time to hide any bald spots and almost always wear it up because its difficult. I use to do softball...
    court14harris court14harris 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    I had no idea I had a legit problem

    until I would wake up and just have hair all over my pillow and bed. I have long very thick hair so I didn't start noticing any sort of baldness or obvious hair loss. But as it got worse and worse I tried to stop doing it while I tried to fall asleep but it was impossible. I...
    eoj163 eoj163 16-17, F Sep 14

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 19-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    I'm not sure when I started pulling

    but I became aware of it when my dad asked me why I kept "playing" with my hair. I was about 12 or 13 at the time, and I believe it started with me just twisting my hair really tight until it started to hurt. After that, it developed into pulling a strands of hair out one-by-one...
    Noseferatu91 Noseferatu91 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    Trichotilomania and Me

    My name is Michelle, I have Trichotilomania.  I delveloped this horrifying, self destructive habit when I was 29 years old.  My belief was that I developed is as a result of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder).  I was very very sick with a problematic pregancy...
    Chellestrick Chellestrick 36-40, F 24 Responses Nov 28, 2007

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    Does anyone here know how I can overcome this ?

    any suggestions ? This is becoming serious ! :/
    Nayera Nayera 16-17 4 Responses Sep 2

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 22

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 18-21 Oct 12

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 34 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 27 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    I'm 17 years old and I have been pulling out my

    eyelashes and brows since I was 5. When my parents noticed they put me in therapy but after a while my mother decided it was a waste of time and money so I stopped going. She basically told me I'm a lost cause so now I guess I'm on my own. Because I feel that it's very obvious I...
    justcaity97 justcaity97 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 4

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    Stroking and rubbing the new growth on my

    trigger spot. I've been 37 days pull free omg. My urges are so strong
    niko031 niko031 16-17, F Aug 2

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    Majority of experiences i have read just

    confirm there is no hope. so many people saying they started when 11,12,13 and now into there 30s 40s and its still happening? Sorry but we are emotionally and mentally weak its our fault its our hands pulling our own hair out not our anxiety or depression.... willpower is the...
    goingcrazy64 goingcrazy64 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 17

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-18, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    angel1014 angel1014 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 26

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    I was picking my hair

    when I was 5-6. Then my parents cut my hair and I stopped picking. I still pick sometimes though.
    spacemonkeyea spacemonkeyea 18-21, F Aug 21

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    I am 21 now and have dealt with trichotillomania

    since I was in elementary school. I will have period where I do really well and won't touch anything: my hair, my eyelashes, my eyebrows. Currently I am going through a rough time with picking my hair and it's driving me crazy. As soon as I do it, I tell myself to stop but can't...
    shellllbbb shellllbbb 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    I have a lot of stress in my life.

    . I worry about the littlest things in life, Soon my stress led to hair pulling, and not very many people understand people with trich.. Many people say "just don't pull,," but see, it's an addiction.. It's like smoking, So far I haven't pulled in about... 24 hours. Which is...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 16

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 30

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    Having experienced this disorder

    since I was 15, I've now accepted that this part of my personality. All my peers now understand my silly ways with trichotillomania, but this doesn't bring me any closer to stopping..
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 22

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    I started pulling when I was about 9 yrs old,

    I think I started doing it because I was put in a stressful situation. I remember the day a friend of mine noticed my eyelashes at school and it made me want to cry. For years I felt so alone, not making eye contact with people and being careful never to get too close...
    TPLove TPLove 18-21, F Sep 25

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    The Horror of Having to Disguise Yourself

    I'm Jordan and I'm fourteen. I've been pulling since I was about ten or so. I've pulled my scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows. I tried to hide it from everyone, I parted my hair a certain way, had strange makeup rituals, and made up lies that eventually got old. If someone tousled...
    jtwiggy jtwiggy 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 5, 2009

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    My lashes and brows now look fine with plenty

    of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and mascara... But I still don't feel confident without it :/
    mblo2984 mblo2984 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    it when your pulling

    when you pull out your hair I've been pulling out my hair for over 16 years and it gets so bad to where I can stop then I start cutting my arm I wish I didn't have these problems its really driving me crazy
    uvet123 uvet123 36-40, F 3 days ago

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    Today has been an especially hard one

    for me, seeing as I'm "attacking" my facial hair due to my depression causing me anxiety for no reason... might have to shave my face again. Battling this for the last 8 years has not let up at all...
    Austinforshort Austinforshort 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 12

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    In have trichotillomania.

    .. It sucks, people always say... "Just don't pull," but no.. It's not that easy.. It's like smoking, addicting, but it's ruining your look.. As a teenage girl this is really difficult.. I haven't worn my hair down in front of people in 5 years. I'm hiding myself, I'm hiding me...
    imnotperfectimme imnotperfectimme 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 10

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    I started pulling out my eyelashes obsessively

    in 3rd grade. It has been less consistent, but i still do it. We always thought it was just a bad habit or a side effect of my add medication.
    megsupermaherio megsupermaherio 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 7

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    I love plucking my leg hair out with tweezers.

    It hurts but I can't stop. I just love seeing the hair come out of the skin. I know it's weird. I know I have a problem. I jury started two days ago when I started pulling out my leg hair with my fingernails at the state fair.
    Kaylana333 Kaylana333 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 1

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    7 Years and Im Almost Done

        First, I would like to name some things that I wonder may be the contributing factors to my problem.      I have abandonment issues for starters. My mother left me to be take care of by my grandparents when I was about two years old. She has...
    SamEsRaraAvis SamEsRaraAvis 16-18, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2008

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    I've just hit the 48 hour mark of not touching

    my hair...not easy, I've literally had to stop myself from reaching up, and several times thought "just once won't hurt". After 17 years making it just 2 days feels so awesome.
    starlit85 starlit85 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 16

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